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| 30 March 2014 | Reply


With the original all-star cast of CHRIS CHENEY, PHIL JAMIESON, JOSH PYKE & TIM ROGERS performing The Beatles’ brilliant double masterpiece live on stage

White Album Tour - group shot

The sold-out live rock phenomenon of 2009 is back: 30 of the Beatles’ most breathtaking songs performed with a 17-piece rock orchestra.

They said it wasn’t possible. Not even the Beatles, after all, attempted to perform their classic self-titled double album live on stage. But in the winter of 2009, to celebrate its 40th anniversary, four of our greatest rock’n’roll showmen left a trail of standing ovations and ecstatic reviews when The White Album Concert sold out 11 theatres in five cities across Australia.

The Beatles’ most challenging and stylistically varied collection of songs was taken apart and reassembled track by track by four singers at the peak of their powers — Tim Rogers, Josh Pyke, Chris Cheney and Phil Jamieson.

Coming after India, but before the split, The White Album was the sound of John, Paul, George and Ringo throwing everything they’d learned into their musical blender. This major work bursts with variety, creativity, experimentation, and the genius of The Beatles during one of their most intense, fertile, periods. It is a timeless album, yet very much of its time.

Its 30 songs veer from the populist stomp of Back in the USSR and the mind-bending Happiness is a Warm Gun to the melodious sorrow of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, the ska pop fun of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, and the hard rock prototype Helter Skelter.

Critics were united in superlatives for the four fiery lead performers, the orchestra’s daring execution of death defying arrangements and, as always, a catalogue of songs that time will never diminish.

“The standing ovation was deserved … this band did something miraculous.” The Age

“A parade of vocal brilliance that left the audience dazzled.” The Courier Mail

“Not only an amazing tribute but an amazing experience.” Faster Louder

Booking 132 849 or On sale Monday 7 April


TIM ROGERS The You Am I frontman is an icon of Australian music, a dazzling commander of the rock’n’roll stage and a prolific solo artist and collaborator. Now an acclaimed presence in theatre, film and TV, he retains a passion for the roots and respectful rendition of the greatest rock music.

JOSH PYKE A folk-rock acoustic troubadour in the classic tradition, the Sydney singer-songwriter has clocked up four Top Ten albums since his ARIA-winning debut album of 2007 as well as a series of collaborations including the 2010 supergroup, Basement Birds.

CHRIS CHENEY The lead guitarist and singer with the Living End leads one of the highest-selling and most explosive rock’n’roll bands on the Australian stage. A a vocal powerhouse and a six-string gunslinger par excellence, he has written six chart topping albums and 2009’s APRA Song of the Year.

PHIL JAMIESON The lead singer of Lismore hard rock giants Grinspoon was forged in the road-hardened tradition of the greatest Australian rock’n’roll heroes, carving an uncompromising profile over seven albums that defined the post-grunge boom and beyond.


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